Coming off a 3-13 season, the Minnesota Vikings' "Things to Do" list during the 2012 offseason is long and plentiful. If the Vikings were a house on the market, even the most optimistic of realtors would still classify them as a "fixer-upper."
Zygi Wilf and the Vikings ownership group's first order of business was to hire a general manager and to get rid of their "triangle of authority" leadership model, which ultimately led to nobody taking responsibility for anything.
Under former head coach Brad Childress, it was pretty simple: Childress served as both head coach and de facto GM. However, under new coach Leslie Frazier, the "triangle of authority" has worked like three different heads, each nodding to the left when any accountability was asked for.
On January 3, the Wilfs upgraded Rick Spielman from vice president of player personnel to GM. To many Vikings fans, this simply sounded like renaming your pig. Spielman and Frazier said all the right things afterwards (which amounted to: "Yay, I get to keep my job"), but to the critical eye not a whole lot had changed over at Winter Park.
But let there be no mistake, both Spielman and Frazier are under the gun in Minnesota and the 2012 NFL draft just might be the most important in franchise history. The Vikings simply have to find three starters and four to six contributors from a draft that has them picking third overall and in each subsequent round.
With that in mind, we go through each round and offer our thoughts on who might help Spielman and Frazier keep their jobs beyond 2012.